Have passport; will travel.

Attie Heunis goes British!
Attie Heunis goes British!

I’m aware that readers of this blog might be sick & tired of posts about me Britishness.

So thankfully for them this will be the last blog about my British Citizenship/Passport, but I just had to close the subject by providing some photographic proof of my passport.

Now I can’t wait to flash my passport at Immigration and then saying something with a really thick Afrikaans accent. I know it is small-minded, but that is what 6 years of persecution does.

I am just kidding, of course!

A dose of their own medicine.

To put it mildly, the British media have never really warmed to Afrikaners. More often than not when an Afrikaner is featured on British television it is an AWB supporter from the far Northern-Transvaal. It really pisses me of no end because, as anyone who has been to South-Africa knows, these people are not representative of most Afrikaners. But people that have not been to South-Africa obviously DO think that they represent Afrikaners. This is done in movies as well. James Bond & The Manchurian Candidate spring to mind now, but there are loads of others.

It is thus with glee that I am observing the British reaction to The Wind That Shakes The Barley, the 2006 Cannes Palme d’Or Winner. The movie is about the Irish troubles in the past. The British media are screaming blue murder because all the Brits are portrayed as “baddies” and the Irish are all portrayed as “goodies”.

This kind of stereotyping in my mind destroys a movie, BUT in this case I would like to say to the British Media: Have some of your own medicine! You have been doing the same to us and who knows who else for decades!

See the BBC’s review/reaction to see what I mean.

Mini review: Life of Pi

I have just finished Life of Pi by Canadian Yann Martel.

There were bits at the start of the book that made me doubt whether I was going to enjoy this book, but I’m glad I kept on reading because Pi dragged me into his world without much trouble after that.

There are some hilarious moments in the book, but also some profound ones. I daren’t say anything further!

This is an outstanding book and I can highly recommend it.

Someone else who loved this book was Charles Joubert.

Adventure is this Saffer’s middle name!

I’m delighted to report that Martin Dreyer, a professional sportsman representing South Africa has won the Land Rover G4 Challenge.

From the Land Rover G4 Challenge website:

South African superstar adventure athlete, Martin Dreyer, today won the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge. Beating off 17 of the worldÆs toughest adventure racers in the 4×4-based global Challenge, Dreyer took home a brand new Range Rover after a nail-biting climax to the 28 day marathon that spanned across four countries on two continents.

Mooi so Martin!

People like Martin Dreyer, Roland Schoeman & Ryk Neethling do much to improve South-Africa’s standing in the international community.

It certainly makes me proud.

Review: "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman

Finished reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman today.

This book can be classified as Americana with a mix of mythology, but I prefer Urban Fantasy. It has won the 2002 Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, all for Best Novel. It was also nominated for Best Novel in the 2002 BSFA Award.

This is not my typical kind of book, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is entirely readable and it will make a very good movie.

Dual nationality at last

As of Tuesday, I am a British Citizen. This is something that I’ve been aiming for since I arrived in the UK six years ago and I can promise you that I am relieved to finally have it.

Whilst I am delighted about acquiring British citizenship, I didn’t want to lose my South-African citizenship. Today I received approval from South-Africa that I can retain my South-African citizenship. So everything has worked out very well.

It is a bit weird having dual nationality, but at least I’m in a win-win situation when the Boks play against England.

NOT!!

It’s a girl! Probably.

Today LenT went for her 2nd scan. This is the one where we find about out the youngster’s sex. The gynecologist said that she “couldn’t see any boy bits”, so it looks like we’re going to be having a girl.

Thankfully both mom and daughter are in excellent condition.

The forgotten Wild West: what Africa can learn

To me America’s greatest period was when it was wild. I suppose it reminds me somewhat of us Afrikaners participating in the Great Trek.

As someone who subscribes to the Darwinian themes of survival of the fittest and natural selection, I believe both the Great Trek and the conquering of the West were the last periods for our respective cultures to experience this real life. Our finest moments. For people who share this view, I recommend reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. You can also watch the outstanding Lonesome Dove mini-series.

The saddest thing about these events, specifically in the West, is how conquering led to destruction. The first and most obvious example is the Indian culture. These people were proud hunter/gatherers that lived responsibly and nobly off the land. Now they are a broken people and many of them live off governmental and casino bribes. I don’t just blame the Settlers for this, the Indians are as guilty. But it is nonetheless very sad.

It wasn’t only the Indians though. Most of the wildlife was decimated. Never again will the Bison herds roam as they did. Grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves and coyotes were almost totally wiped out. Now it seems that many other smaller species were wiped out. The US has truly got some of the most glorious natural beauty, but to me it always feel a bit empty with no real wildlife.

In Coyotes, Don Edwards sings a very sad, but beautiful song about this very thing.

We Africans can learn from the mistakes that the Americans made. We still have an opportunity, but the door will be closing if we don’t act decisively.

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